Kaela Martin

Assistant Professor Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
Prescott College of Engineering
Prescott campus

Dr. Martin joined the Aerospace Engineering Department faculty in 2015 where she teaches and conducts research in the area of astrodynamics. She also manages the Space System Laboratory.

Her research interests include spacecraft dynamics, astrodynamics, orbital perturbations, and engineering education.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
  • M.S. - Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Iowa State University
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University

AE 313, AE 325, AE 326, EGR 101, UNIV 101


Journal Publications

K. Martin, D. Landau, J. Longuski, Method to maintain artificial gravity during transfer maneuvers, Acta Astronautica, Vol. 120, pp. 138-153, 2016.

K. Martin and J. Longuski, Minimizing Velocity Pointing Errors for Spinning, Thrusting Spacecraft via Heuristic Thrust Profiles, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, Vol. 52, No. 6, pp. 1745-1750, 2015.

M. Ayoubi, K. Martin, and J. Longuski, Analytical Solution for Spinning Thrusting Spacecraft with Transverse Ramp-Up Torques, Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 37, No. 4, pp. 1272-1282, 2014.

Conference Papers

Battaglia, D., Sampigethaya, K., Almagambetov, A., Andalibi, M., Groh, T., Martin, K., Pavlina, M., Siewert, S., and Boettcher, A., J. M., “Integrating Research into Undergraduate Courses: Experiences from a Multi-Disciplinary Faculty Learning Community.” ASEE Rocky Mountain Section Conference, Cedar City, UT, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2016.

Martin, K., Benavides, J., and Yale, G., "Examples of Systems Engineering in an Undergraduate Astronautics Program," SPACE 2016, Long Beach, CA, Sept. 13-16, 2016.

Miskioglu, E. E., and Martin, K. M., “Reasonable or Ridiculous? Engineering Intuition in Simulations.” 2016 ASEE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 26-29, 2016.

K. Marin and D. Battataglia, Have a Seat! Understanding the Effects of Classroom Seating on Rapport, Immediacy, and Learning, Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Newport Beach, CA, Feb. 18-16, 2016.

K. Martin and J. Longuski, Minimization of Velocity Pointing Errors for Spinning, Thrusting Spacecraft Using Cubic Thrust Profiles, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, San Diego, CA, Aug. 4 – 7, 2014. AIAA Paper 2014-4453.

K. Martin and J. Longuski, Heuristic Suboptimal Solutions to Reduce Velocity Pointing Errors for Spinning, Thrusting Spacecraft, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Hilton Head, SC, Aug. 11 – 15, 2013. AAS Paper 13-582.

M. Ayoubi, K. Martin, and J. Longuski,   Analytical Solution of the Motion of Spinning Thrusting Spacecraft with Transverse Ramp-Up Torques, AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 13 – 16, 2012. AIAA Paper 2012-5015.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Assistant Professor, 2015 - present

Taught required junior-level space mechanics and space experimental lab. Duties included designing course curriculum (developing lectures, homework, and exams), lecturing, managing grader, holding office hours, and advising students. Incorporated active learning into the classroom.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Visiting Researcher, 2016

Responsible for converting and optimizing code to an open source platform which finds optimal low thrust trajectories based on user-defined constraints. Computed low thrust trajectories at Mars for cargo missions to support human operations on Mars.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

American Astronautical Society (AAS)

American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)


Faculty Research Development Program Award, 2015, 2016

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Excellence Professional Growth Grant, 2015

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2010 – 2015